Please note that timeframes for verifications, transcripts, score transfers and background checks can affect the processing times, and each person’s situation may vary slightly. Please check with your traveling physical therapy recruiter to get more detailed information.
Verifications: Most states require verifications of all professional PT licenses ever held, both current and expired. There is typically a form within the application package that you can use to submit your verification requests. You will need to copy this form and use one for each state in which you have ever been licensed. We recommend that you check with those state boards to find out the mailing address and fee for verifications.
Score Transfer: All states require you to request a transfer of your NPTE scores. The link to the request page on the FSBPT website can be found here. This request is an online process where you will submit your information and payment via the FSBPT website. Your score report will be automatically transferred to the board within 5 business days.
Transcripts: Some states require original transcripts delivered directly from your school. Please read through the application carefully to see if this situation applies. If transcripts are required, the application package may contain a request form you can use to submit to your school. Always check with your school to confirm where these requests are to be sent and find out if they charge a fee for this service. Important: State boards will not accept copies of transcripts that you might already have received. They must be originals sent directly from the school.
CEUs: Some states require the completion of CEUs for licensure. Please read through the application carefully to see what CEUs, if any, are required for initial licensure.
|Alabama||3-5 weeks||no||Alabama PT Form|
|Alaska||4-6 weeks||no||Alaska PT Form|
|Arizona||Based on board meeting||yes||Arizona PT Form|
|Arkansas||1 week||no||Arkansas PT Form|
|California||5-7 weeks with LiveScan; 8-10 weeks with fingerprint cards||no||California PT Form||LiveScan or fingerprint cards required|
|Colorado||4-6 weeks||yes||Colorado PT Form|
|Connecticut||2-3 weeks||no||Connecticut PT Form|
|Delaware||4-8 weeks||no||Delaware PT Form|
|District of Columbia||Board review- 3rd Tuesday of each month||no||District of Columbia PT Form||LiveScan or fingerprint cards required|
|Florida||2-3 weeks||no||Florida PT Form|
|Georgia||5-7 weeks||no||Georgia PT Form|
|Hawaii||4-5 weeks||no||Hawaii PT Form|
|Idaho||3-4 weeks||no||Idaho PT Form|
|Illinois||6-8 weeks||no||Illinois PT Form|
|Indiana||2-4 weeks||no||Indiana PT Form|
|Iowa||2-4 weeks||yes||Iowa PT Form|
|Kansas||2-3 weeks||no||Kansas PT Form|
|Kentucky||1-2 weeks||yes||Kentucky PT Form||
HIV/AIDS education course required through state
|Louisiana||1-2 weeks after board meeting||yes||Louisiana PT Form||
Proof of 30 CEUs within past 2 years; interview with board required for licensing
|Maine||2-3 weeks||no||Maine PT Form||Online application|
|Maryland||1-2 weeks||no||Maryland PT Form|
|Massachusetts||5-6 weeks||no||Massachusetts PT Form||License processed through PCS in Tennessee|
|Michigan||6-8 weeks||no||Michigan PT Form|
|Minnesota||5 days (temp permit)||no||Minnesota PT Form||Online application; full license issued with board meeting|
|Mississippi||1-2 weeks||yes||Mississippi PT Form||
Online application; fingerprint cards required
|Missouri||6 weeks||yes||Missouri PT Form|
|Montana||2 weeks after board meeting||no||Montana PT Form||Online application|
|Nebraska||1-2 weeks||yes||Nebraska PT Form|
|Nevada||3-4 weeks with LiveScan; 6-8 weeks with fingerprint cards||no||Nevada PT Form||LiveScan or fingerprint cards required|
|New Hampshire||Board review- 3rd Wednesday of each month||yes||Call 603.271.8389 to obtain an application||
Must obtain criminal history reports from any state lived/worked in (done through state police); request application from board
|New Jersey||4-8 weeks||no||New Jersey PT Form||LiveScan or fingerprint cards required|
|New Mexico||1-3 weeks||no||New Mexico PT Form|
|New York||4-8 weeks||no||New York PT Form|
|North Carolina||2-3 weeks after board review||yes||North Carolina PT Form|
|North Dakota||1-2 weeks||yes||North Dakota PT Form||
|Ohio||3-4 weeks with LiveScan; 3-4 months with fingerprint cards||no||Ohio PT Form||Online application|
|Oklahoma||Board review (3 meetings per year)||no||Oklahoma PT Form|
|Oregon||Temp permit issued 2-3 days with one license verification||yes||Oregon PT Form||
1 hour pain management course required
|Pennsylvania||2-3 weeks||no||Pennsylvania PT Form||Online application|
|Rhode Island||4-6 weeks||no||Rhode Island PT Form|
|South Carolina||4 weeks||no||South Carolina PT Form||Online application|
|South Dakota||Varies||no||South Dakota PT Form||Online application|
|Tennessee||3-6 weeks||yes||Tennessee PT Form||
LiveScan or fingerprint cards required
|Texas||1-2 weeks||yes||Texas PT Form||
|Utah||2-4 weeks||yes||Utah PT Form|
|Vermont||1-2 weeks||no||Vermont PT Form|
|Virginia||1-2 weeks||no||Virginia PT Form||Online application|
|Washington||Temp permit within 3-4 weeks||no||Washington PT Form||AIDS education and traning required|
|West Virginia||2-3 weeks||no||West Virginia PT Form|
|Wisconsin||1-2 weeks||no||Wisconsin PT Form|
|Wyoming||3-4 weeks||no||Wyoming PT Form||Fingerprint cards required|
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